Walker Cup memories: Rickie Fowler, USA
Playing in two Walker Cups, Rickie Fowler remembers his experiences at Royal County Down and Merion as the biggest stage and some of the best memories and experiences he had while playing golf.
But the Oklahoma State Cowboy said he was also the most nervous ever on a golf course that first day of matches in Northern Ireland.
“I still look back on the Walker Cup and it brings a smile to my face because of the guys that were on the teams with me, and being that we won both, that was a good thing,” he said.
Now an expert, Fowler fielded a call from Walker Cup rookie Michael Kim last week to talk about the experience and how to deal with playing for your country.
“It wasn't like he's scared of anything,” Fowler said of Kim’s demeanor on the call. “Obviously it probably showed how he played at the U.S. Open, but just making sure that he's ready to go. It'll be fun to watch.”
Even Fowler wondered why there is a requirement for two mid-ams and said his teams were they’re primarily to play golf and hopefully win.
“I think one of the parts that I thought was kind of odd was that they made it mandatory to have two mid‑amateurs on the team,” Fowler said. “I can't say I'm for it or against it. I think it should be, what is it, 10 guys on the team? It should be the 10 best players on the team, doesn't matter what your age is. It's not like we have one mandatory Champions Tour guy to be on the Ryder Cup team.”